I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011)

Look, in case you don’t know, I’m not a woman.  I don’t pretend to know all of the hardships that come with being the fairer sex, the gender inequalities that sort of thing.  However, I can’t help but think that the world this movie takes place in is some sort of parallel universe where things are exactly as we’ve been shown they are in movies.  It’s a world where attractive women can’t find a man because they’re so busy with their work lives and guys want quirky women, etc. all filled with numerous and easily dismissed tropes.  A planet where a woman character will get pregnant and then five scenes later give birth with absolutely no time progression shown.

This easily forgettable film was directed by Douglas McGrath, based on author Allison Pearson’s novel and it’s all about how no one knows how a harried mom (Sarah Jessica Parker) can continue to be an amazing super woman when it comes to work and raising her two children with her husband (Greg Kinnear).  The titular phrase is repeated so many times in the movie that I thought I was watching an interpretation of Domino where Keira Knightley tells us again and again that she’s a bounty hunter.  Of course women can do these things, and if I were a single mom raising a couple kids by myself, I’d be insulted and infuriated by this movie’s premise.

There are very few bright lights in the film, with Busy Philips and Olivia Munn being the only ones I can think of off the top of my head deserving of any sort of praise.  Every character in this movie is a stock character, given predictable lines and situations that it becomes a joyless, soul-sucking affair.  Pierce Brosnan is reduced to repeating words in his accent ironically, Kinnear does his trademark thankless awesome guy role, and Christina Hendricks is reduced to blithering ridiculous sentences.  This is not the correct usage of Christina Hendricks, people.

Then there’s the whole execution of the movie, where the characters are giving testimonials to the camera, yet 90% of the footage is of the events of the movie.  It’s dumb, like it’s a pseudo-documentary but not.  I hated it, dislike, recommended only as a present to someone you hate.

1 / 5


About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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